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September 14, 2005

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Burt Prelutsky
Crime and no punishment

You're probably wondering who this Ms. Robinson could be that she should find herself lumped in such undistinguished company. She happens to be the U.S. magistrate who recently fined former national security adviser Sandy Berger $50,000 for stealing classified documents from the National Archives.

While Judge Robinson thought she was being quite stern, I saw it as just one more muddleheaded miscarriage of justice. She was patting herself on the back because the prosecution was only recommending a fine of $10,000. (You have to wonder why the government lawyers even bothered taking the matter to court, and didn't simply have Mr. Berger mail a check to traffic court.)

"The court finds the $10,000 fine inadequate because it doesn't reflect the seriousness of the offense," Judge Robinson declared. But $50,000, and no jail time, does?! Hell, baseball players get fined that much for accidentally bumping an umpire while arguing a close play at second base.


Caroline B. Glick
Unprepared, under-staffed government Katrina responders refused fully-offered help from Israeli humanitarian aid delegation

The Web site's notice of the shipment is rather confusing. The first half of the entry announced that the IDF's chief medical officer, Brig. Gen. Yeheskel Levy, would be leading the Israeli delegation that was set to depart last Wednesday, Sept. 7.

A few paragraphs down, the same notice stated that on Sept. 8 a lower-ranking delegation, led Col. Yuval Kimhi, head of the Policy and Development Department in the IDF Home Front Command, would be leading the delegation. The Web site noted: "The contents of the shipment were chosen in coordination with the US government."

Three central questions arise from the contradictory announcement. First, why would the US ask for Israel to lower the level of a humanitarian aid delegation sent to assist US citizens in need? Second, why would the Bush administration hold up the arrival of assistance from a close ally whose government's offer of assistance had been announced a week before? And thirdly, given the IDF Medical Corps' enormous, hard-earned experience in contending with major disasters — man-made and natural — why would the Bush administration nix the participation of IDF doctors in the humanitarian assistance effort?...

This is the America that, at the behest of the Saudi government, announced its support for the establishment of a Palestinian state just weeks after thousands of Palestinians celebrated the destruction of the World Trade Center. This is the America that put forward a reform plan for the United Nations that makes no mention of reforming the organization's blatant, institutional discrimination of Israel.


Michelle Malkin
Monumental surrender

...the official Flight 93 memorial unveiled last week is now embroiled in overdue public controversy. Funded with a mix of public money and private cash (including a $500,000 grant from Teresa Heinz's far left Heinz Endowments), the winning design, titled the "Crescent of Embrace," features a grove of maple trees ringing the crash site in the shape of an unmistakable red crescent. The crescent, New York University Middle East Studies professor Bernard Haykel told the Johnstown, Pa., Tribune-Democrat, "is the symbol of ritual and religious life for Muslims."

Some design contest jury members reportedly raised concerns about the jarring symbol of the hijackers' faith implanted on the hallowed ground where the passengers of Flight 93 were murdered. But their recommendations to change the name of the memorial (to "Arc of Embrace," or some such whitewashing) were ignored....

The soft-and-fuzzy memorial design of "Crescent of Embrace" still does injustice to the steely courage of the Flight 93's passengers and crew. It evokes the defeatism embodied by those behind a similar move to turn the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City into a pacifist guilt complex.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 14, 2005 06:34 AM

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